Christian Strauss, pianist

Christian Strauss was born in Saarbruecken, Germany. He started playing the piano at the age of seven years.

He studied piano at the “Hochschule fuer Musik” in Mainz under supervision of Prof. Lidia Grychtolowna (diploma in 2004 and concert exams in 2007).

Christian Strauss worked together with conductors like Christian Kluttig ("Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz"), Michael Hofstetter, Matthias Breitschaft and Pierre Kuijpers. The French conductor Michel Plasson was very impressed by his interpretation of the "Carnaval" (Robert Schumann).

He played as an active participant in master classes with Lazar Berman ("Schleswig Holstein Music Festival"), Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Prof. Günter Ludwig, Prof. Hans Leygraf and Prof. Bernard Roberts.

He got artistic inspiration from Prof. Andreas Bach (Cologne / Freiburg), Prof. Homero Francesch (Zurich), Prof. Grigory Gruzman (Weimar) and Prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Saarlouis / Munich).

In 2006 he was a scholar of the "ZIRP" foundation in Rhineland-Palatinate.
He gives concerts in Germany and abroad.

In addition to the solo piano literature, he is actively involved in chamber music and accompaniment.

Since 2009 he is performing together with the pianist, Claudia Hoelbling in music for two pianos. They won the first Price as a piano duo at the 11th international "Grieg Competition" in Oslo (2010). They were also rewarded a special prize for their interpretation of the first Suite of Sergei Rachmaninoff. In July 2011 they had a concert at the "International Grieg Festival" in Oslo.
In September 2011 they won a special prize at the "Albert Mamriev International Music Competition " in Braunschweig and in October 2011 the second Prize at the "International Chopin Piano Competition" in Rome.
They get artistic inspiration from the famous Russian pianist Lilya Zilberstein (Hamburg, Germany), who often plays together on two pianos with Martha Argerich.

The great Argentine pianist Bruno Leonardo Gelber wrote about Strauss (September 2009):

"I testify to the great talent of Mr. Christian Strauss, who participated in several master classes, which I have given. I admired his technique and musicality, and would note that he deserves all the support from those who have influence in the field of music. "

Christian Strauss also has years of experience as a piano teacher. Some of his students are successful competition winners.

He has been the new artistic director of the "Edelsteinserenaden" in Idar-Oberstein since October 2011.

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